Teens Arrested On Drug Charges

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A routine traffic stop for speeding Saturday afternoon led to the arrest of two Chandler teenagers on various drug charges. One of the teens already on parole for previous charges was sent to the Globe juvenile detention center. The other was released into the custody of his mother.

Payson Police Officer Donny Garvin stopped three teenage boys Saturday afternoon after he saw the vehicle they were driving in speeding on the Beeline Highway. Garvin pulled the vehicle over on East Sherwood Drive.

"I issued the driver a citation for speeding, and the three occupants related they were camping up in the woods," Garvin said. "I asked for consent to search the vehicle, and the driver gave consent."

Before searching the vehicle, the officer said he frisked the driver and found a marijuana pipe. Garvin handcuffed the driver and the three teens sat at the side of the road while Garvin searched the car.

"I found more evidence of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, as well as alcohol," he said. "I also found another marijuana pipe, and was able to determine that it came from one of the passengers. I went to handcuff him, and he fought back."

The officer and the teen wrestled, hit the police car and struggled to the ground. Officer Steve D'Addabbo arrived and helped Garvin place the suspect in handcuffs. He was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest, and criminal damage.

"He said he was on parole and didn't want to go to jail again," Garvin said. "He said that's why he was trying to escape."

The driver, Garvin said, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. The third passenger also a Chandler teen was not charged with anything.

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